July 3, 2011, 5:43 a.m.
posted by sl
Six Ways to Check Your Gmail
There are a variety of ways to check your Gmail account from your device.
Maybe you've had a Gmail account since Gmail invites were going for $50 on eBay; maybe you're a new user. So what is the best way to access it from your BlackBerry? Well, it depends. Are you a BES user? Does your IT policy restrict access to the BlackBerry Web Client? Does your carrier supply only a severely limited WAP browser? Even if you're in a high security environment, chances are you can access the world's best free email service. Here are six ways to access your Gmail from your BlackBerry.
Redirect Gmail to Your BES Account
If you are a BlackBerry Enterprise Server user, the quickest and easiest way to get your Gmail delivered to your device is by setting up your Gmail account to forward all your mail. In your Gmail account, go to Settings Forwarding and POP (see Figure). Select the option for Forward a copy of incoming mail to and fill in the email address of your BES account. You can choose to keep a copy of each email message in your Gmail inbox, archive a copy, or trash the Gmail copy. If you are going to access your Gmail using the other methods in this hack, go ahead and keep a copy of the message in your inbox.
Gmail's Forwarding and POP settings
Set Up POP and Use the BWC
If you feel a little queasy sending your personal Gmail messages to your corporate email account, you can enable your Gmail account for POP access and use the BlackBerry Web Client to access it. In your Gmail, go to Settings Forwarding and POP. Select the checkbox next to "Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on." Then set up your BlackBerry Web Client with your Gmail address as the username and your Gmail password. There's even a walk-through on Gmail's Help Center specifically for setting up the BlackBerry Web Client to access your Gmail.
Use a Browser to Access Gmail's HTML Version
Gmail's HTML version in the BlackBerry Browser
Use EmailViewer via Gmail's POP Interface
Just as you would access your Gmail using POP from your computer's email client, you can use the EmailViewer application [Hack #67]. You'll set up the connection much as you would any standard POP mail settings. Gmail's help pages include an article for setting up a generic email, available at http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13287&topic=194.
Note that EmailViewer doesn't support Gmail's implementation of SMTP over SSL. Just leave the SMTP settings blank in EmailViewer to use ReqWireless's mail relay service.
Use gmail-mobile to Access Gmail via WAP
If you're restricted to using the carrier-provided WAP gateway, you can use a nifty PHP application that provides a WAP interface to Gmail. There are various sites that have this software installed already. If you choose to use one of them, you'll need to realize that your Gmail username and password are easily accessible by the site hosting the gmail-mobile application. Luckily, the gmail-mobile project is open source software, so you can download the source and install it on your own PHP-enabled Apache web server. The interface provided by gmail-mobile, shown in Figure, turns out to be the most convenient and usable of the solutions that don't involve using the BlackBerry Mail app through a BES or the BWC. It even provides support for labels and shows your overall Gmail storage usage.